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Writing good ad copy
Resources, books, tips, suggestions?
hairycoo




msg:1150315
 9:34 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

Without a doubt being able to write good copy is the only way to be truly successful with PPC. So, for newbies such as myself what practical tips, advice, suggestions would you give?

I did a search and know that I have to be specific and stand out but for someone starting out it just isn't enough.

Granted, you have to try, but I would certainly welcome suggestions for books that would help with writing very concise ad copy. I have read Tested Advertising Methods and learned a lot from it.

Other books, resources or tips posted here of via stickymail would be greatly appreciated.

 

running scared




msg:1150316
 8:35 am on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Nick Usbourne's "NetWords" is an interesting read even though not specific to adwords.

hairycoo




msg:1150317
 8:49 am on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Already read that one. Pretty good on writing copy in general. Thanks

Shak




msg:1150318
 10:05 am on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

no idea about books, but i always do the following:

1, put your self in the users shoes, what would they want!

2, look at some of the most competitive industries to see how they are tackling the problem.

3, try, try and try again, eventually enough fine tuning will get it right.

Shak

sammyp




msg:1150319
 1:31 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

1. Use capitalisation of 1st letter in all main words in title and text, including web address.
2. Try to make title attention grabbing - i.e. turn it into a question peculiar to what you are selling. You can use a question mark in the title.
3. Text - first line a benefit, 2nd line a feature. A call to action at the end if possible.
4. Always try to get the search term into the title and text.
5. Split test your ads.

marek




msg:1150320
 2:54 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

4. Always try to get the search term into the title and text.

...Unless all others have it there. Have a look at the context of your ad. When all eight ads on the page begin with Widget, make your title different.

AdWordsAdvisor




msg:1150321
 3:02 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Without a doubt being able to write good copy is the only way to be truly successful with PPC. So, for newbies such as myself what practical tips, advice, suggestions would you give?

A few very basic things, overlooked by a surprising number of advertisers:

* Take your time! Lots of advertiser want to create their campaigns at the speed of light, and then get on to the next thing - and they write their ads as if it doesn't matter how good they are. Believe me, it matters.

* Follow standard language conventions, for whichever language you are composing in.

* Make sure you ad is absolutely free of errors (yes it will be reviewed and perhaps disapproved if it doesn't meet the Editorial Guidelines), but it will also run for awhile before the review.

* Read the ad aloud to yourself - or have someone read it to you. Does it sound good? OK, this may be a little warm and fuzzy, but a lot of people sort of 'read aloud' to themselves. I really believe that your ad has to sound good.

* Does the ad 'look good' on the page? Yep, I believe this matters too.

BTW, Shak's first tip is invaluable. It is so good, here it is again:

1, put your self in the users shoes, what would they want!

To his advice, I'd add that, as you evaluate your ads, forget everything you know about your business and your site. All a user knows about you is what they see in your ad. So try to look at it from that perspective.

AWA

Matt Probert




msg:1150322
 3:52 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Bear in mind that companies pay vast sums of money to advertising copy writers, and not without good reason. Writing effective adverts is a highly skilled job. I should recommend the books "Word Power" and "Word Power II" by Patrick Quinn, and also Roget's Thesaurus. Ona general note, if your advert is to ask questions of the reader, ensure that they answer "yes", always be positive and make sure the reader is also thinking positively, something alson the lines of:

"Do you want something for nothing?" [Yes]
"Then click HERE!" [click]

Apologies for such a glib example, but I suspect you'll understand the idea? [YES]

Matt

joeag




msg:1150323
 10:55 pm on Nov 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

We have a couple of whitepapers that discuss both writing and testing effective ad copy. They are available free of charge at <snip>

[edited by: eWhisper at 12:38 pm (utc) on Nov. 29, 2004]
[edit reason] No URL promotions please [/edit]

wheel




msg:1150324
 3:08 am on Nov 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

My experience with adwords has been that all that muckymuck adcopy is garbage. Follow the Google FAQ and forget the hype. 'Click Here!' won't get past the editorial dept - but I think that's because it won't work well.

My best ads are the ones that are relatively straighforward. Title is relevant to what they search on. First line generally qualifies them/describes what I'm offering, and second line I try some basic call to action.

So first line is:
fast and easy widget quotes online.
second line is:
run your own widget quote here.

And that's it. Where I test is stuff like "fast and easy' vs. 'easy and fast' or 'fast and easy online widget quotes'. That's where I find my magic - testing the simple stuff. Works for me - anytime I've tried to be a smarty pants and start to read the experts on copyright I tend to do poorly.

The key here is that people are looking to buy, not be sold. And the beauty of the web is that they have the choice - if you try and sell them, they'll move to the next ad.

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